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The Venezuelan Opposition’s “Birther” Problem

Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump. (Mike Licht / Flickr)

In its eagerness to compare Trump to Hugo Chávez, the media has willfully overlooked the rotten Trumpian soul of the very Venezuelan opposition, argues VA's Lucas Koerner. 

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Steve Ellner: Democratization of PSUV is Key to Chavismo’s Future

Professor Steve Ellner. (Ángel Dejesús)

Distinguished Venezuelan history and politics professor Steve Ellner examines the current state of Venezuela's Bolivarian Revolution at the crossroads of a deep economic crisis and an opposition-led presidential recall effort. 

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The Fight for Justice, Truth and Peace in Venezuela

Photo caption: Luis Durán shares his personal testimony with the guarimbas that took his son's life. (Paola Martucci)

The Committee of Victims of the Guarimba and Ongoing Coup internationally denounces the Venezuelan opposition’s terror campaign and attempts to silence victims’ families through the Amnesty Law.

 

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HRW's Latest Report on Venezuela Needs to be Taken With a Grain of Salt

(Venezuelan Interior Ministry via AVN)

A clear eyed investigation into Venezuela's latest security crackdown is desperately needed, but not by Human Rights Watch.

 

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You Don’t Need to be a Semiotics Expert to Decode Leopoldo Lopez’s Latest Post

Leopoldo Lopez. (teleSUR)

Jailed Politician Leopoldo Lopez has revealed that the opposition would use a majority win at the legislative elections to attempt to remove the current president from office, calling on his followers to “defend the popular will” without hesitation. 

 

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Selma in Caracas: Brown-Washing and the Abuse of History

Dr. King leading a march over the Edmund Pettus bridge as depicted in the film Selma (El Estimulo)

VA.com's Lucas Koerner looks at the Venezuelan opposition's attempt to self-style themselves as an oppressed minority by likening their movement to the struggles faced by black people defying the Jim Crow. Koerner goes on to compare this "brown-washing" to PR tactics employed by the state of Israel.

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Desmond Tutu, If You Stand with the Venezuelan Right, You Have Chosen the Side of the Oppressor

South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Zak Hussein/PA)

In an op-ed published in the Spanish daily El Pais titled "Free the Prisoners of Conscience in Venezuela", the renowned South African Archbishop and anti-apartheid militant Desmond Tutu foresakes neutrality in order to unabashedly take the side of the oppressor, namely the United States and the Venezuelan Right.

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How to Grossly Misrepresent Venezuelan Reality: A Reply to Alejandro Toledo

Peruvian ex-president Alejandro Toledo, best known for promoting the US-Peru free trade agreement, currently faces trial for cor

In a recent op-ed in the New York Times titled "How to Fix the Mess in Venezuela", former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo dutifully recites the tired litany of fabrications and distortions which have long become standard fare in international media coverage of the Bolivarian Republic.

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An Oral History of Grassroots Venezuelans in the Midst of the Economic War

A woman shows her constitution and support for President Maduro at Plaza Bolivar on January 21. (Cory Fischer-Hoffman)

While the shortages and long-lines are creating serious inconveniences and undeniable burdens on most Venezuelans, beyond the frustration, the voices of grassroots Venezuelans are getting lost beneath negative predictions of macroeconomic collapse. In this oral history collage, members of the Venezuelan grassroots and popular movements speak for themselves about the roots of the economic war, their strategies in the face of it, and the solutions that they propose.

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Venezuela in 2014: Maduro Administration Given Reprieve by Divided Opposition

From left to right: opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez, Maria Corina Machado, and Henrique Capriles (AFP)

VA.com’s Ewan Robertson offers an assessment of the relative positions of the Bolivarian government and conservative opposition after a bumpy year for Venezuela’s politics and economy.

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Venezuela's “Political Prisoner” Allegory

Photos of political prisoners detained at San Carlos between 1960-1979,  on a wall of the former prison in an exhibit maintained

In the face of arrests, trials, and detentions of opposition and student leaders, allegations of political repression in Venezuela are circulating international and private national press.  The Venezuelan government and its supporters adamantly reject the claim that Venezuela has any political prisoners and they assert that everyone in detention is being tried for their involvement in criminal conduct. This article aims to explore the issue of political prisoners in Venezuela by providing a broader historical context combined with an analysis of power in Venezuela today.

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Aftermath of a Venezuela-Style Lynching

Caption: Unidentified emergency medical technician attempts to protect Muñoz. (Carlos Becerra/Demotrix)

Almost three months have passed since an enraged right-wing mob brutally beat law student William Muñoz (30), then doused him with gasoline. It was a scene horrifically reminiscent of lynchings that have murdered thousands of Black people in the U.S.

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Mercal Shooting Highlights Class Polarization, Psychologists Fear “Fractured Coexistence”

Venezuelans wait in line to buy food at Mercal. (Archive)

Over the weekend, a panel of psychologists convened to discuss the societal tension that has built up since violent protest broke out in Venezuela, in February. They determined that dialogue-friendly spaces and a feeling of general safety have been compromised dramatically. The fatal shooting of a woman waiting on line to buy food Saturday highlighted fiercely clashing responses through social media as each political sector interpreted the tragedy as proof of their own worst fears.

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Amnesty International Opposes Venezuelans Defending Their Human Rights

A scene from San Cristobal, 7 March (AFP)

In a recent article Amnesty International accused the Venezuelan government of a “witch hunt” when opposition mayor, Daniel Ceballos was arrested. However, Amnesty has yet to use such strong language against the five weeks of human rights violations people in Venezuela have suffered at the hands of violent opposition sectors. The “witch hunt” term demonises the people’s right to bring such criminals to justice.

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Eight Ways Venezuela's Violent Opposition Is Hopelessly Hypocritical

A truck burnt by violent opposition sectors in Merida, 19 March (Tamara Pearson /Venezuelanalysis.com)

Of the many imaginative ways the opposition has proved itself hopelessly hypocritical, here are the top eight shameless contradictions. 

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